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This is a small nas that suits a basic need at the home network. It isnt a complicated device. Quite nice user interface via web. It will NOT make any tweaker happy but for anyone who just needs a very cheap , SIMPLE device that gets the job done , then this is decent value. This single-drive device is not really great for critical data backups. Its a single drive only and its a mechanical drive so any failure, and all your data is toast. But that isnt the point of this device.
If you need something to just store a lot of data and share it in the home network, then this is for you. The NAS is pretty fast -- i'm downloading in my GbE network at around 700mbps which is acceptable in my opinion. The device is SMBv2 which is perfect for windows 10. (note older nas's that are on clearance is typically sMBv1 which isnt supported by windows anymore , without painful changes) . It also supports DLNA therefore most smart devices pickup the nas quickly and youre able to share anything without much tinkering.
Though it supports ftp -- i dont care for that in the home nas. It also supports access to your drive via web (provided you setup the ddns). I've had some trouble setting this up -- i ended up giving up because ultimately i dont really care to do this. My suspicion is because 'im double nat'd and i cant gain access to my main carrier modem admin so i'm unable to dmz my main internal router. Nice to know its possible but i have not successfully gotten it working (its likely my problem).
the USB port on the back can share another drive OR a printer. Nice options.
This NAS works well so far. I am using 2 WD NAS RED 1TB hard drives. First thing you have to do is to update the firmware and once you do this, you have to copy the OS onto the drives and then they synch, this will take between 6 to 8 hours. The only reason I have given this 4 and not 5, is the software that comes with the disk gives off an error when it shouldn't. I checked for a newer version, there isn't one. The interface with the software is sparse. It is better to go with the IP Address and configure through your web browser. It is very well thought out and can be as indepth or as easy as you want it to be. I did have an issue with it logging in one of my created accounts, it isn't clear why it would do this. I changed the password and it appears OK now. Apart from the little glitches, its a very smooth and responsive device and well worth the money. The RAID set up is really easy and even offers to add a 3rd drive via the USB just by checking a box in the setup configuration. A definite must have, even with the little glitches.
I really like this unit. Has tons of features and is virtually silent (even during file access). Good job Buffalo !
I don't think this device is for everyone. It helps a lot to know what you do when setting up (and you also miss a lot of advanced features). A usb hard drive is much simpler to use for people who don't want to learn how network drives operate.
As for performances, you get decent speeds as long as your networks is not slowing you down. If you are still using 100mbps network.... think of upgrading to gigabit or better. Limit of 100mbps router port using Smb protocol will limit ypur speeds to 4Mb/s or worse :-(
All in all, it is the best unit I could hope for that fits my needs. It deserves a complete review, but space here too limited to do that.
The product was easy to set up and works as I expected. Much better than my older Iomega nas drive that was giving me problems and I never really worked as it was supposed to. I could never stream or view my content from another location but the Buffalo Link station works everywhere i was streaming videos even when I visited the States recently and it worked without a hitch. I feel the price was good for what you are getting over other nas drives out there. I didnt need to use tech support as set up was done with no issues. I definately reccomend this product!
I had to replace my old D-Link DNS-323 NAS that died on me 2 months ago. The need is really just to have a place to centralize my files on my home network. Speed is a good point, but wasn't the main goal. It does a good job, certainly better than my DNS-323! This NAS does the trick and is even easier to setup than my old box. It's probably not one of the best when talking about network speed, but it does the job just fine for my needs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it! ------------------------------------ J'ai dû remplacer mon vieux DNS-323 de D-Link qui m'a lâche il y a 2 mois. Le besoin était principalement d'avoir un endroit centralisé pour mes fichiers sur mon réseau personnel. La vitesse n'était primordial, mais je dois dire qu'il s'en tire de façon acceptable - mieux que mon DNS-323! Il fait le travail pour lequel il a été acheté, et il est plus facile à configurer que mon vieux NAS. Ce n'est peut-être pas le plus rapide, mais il fait le travail très bien pour mes besoins. Je n'hésiterai pas à le recommender!
Firstly devices starts in "emergency mode", apparently we have to update the firmware. Then the updater fails because "unable to find partition", do some Googling, find solution. Finally it starts, able to complete initial setup. Do clean shutdown and move it to the basement where it's going to live. Start it up, wait for status light to go solid, go back upstairs, doesn't show up on the network. Why not? Devices right next to it on the same switch do. Check DHCP router, it hasn't handed out an address for or to the NAS, doesn't show up anywhere on the network (i.e no visible IP attributable to LinkStation). Don't have time or patience to troubleshoot it further, give up, send it in for a refund.
Just changed jobs and needed to set up a proper network at home to make using my laptop and accessing work files easily on the go. After reading reviews, I was nervous that the setup of this was going to be difficult (I have a medium level of tech knowledge, but am no "power user" by any means), but that wasn't the case at all! My only complaint was that (as other reviewers noted) the install app comes loaded on a CD and I don't have a CD ROM drive in my Macbook Air, but after a quick search I was able to find the setup app through the Apple App Store and everything was easy from there! I haven't yet tried to access the files away from my home network, but that's just an added/nice to have feature for me and wasn't the primary intended use. Would recommend for a budget-friendly NAS option for home!
Installed on/with: 13", Early 2015 Macbook Air running MacOS Mojave 10.14.5
Easy to install on the home network, seems to be doing the job intended, a month or so in, so far. Complementing an earlier Buffalo unit which has just run out of space after some 8+yrs (and still going strong).
I have a query, which others have raised on the net, relating to the fact it doesn't appear to spin down and shut off. Have tried various system settings but not seeing anything that informs about a 'switch off after x hours' function.
Not specially noisy but seems to constantly click away on the shelf as a result of the non-shut down. Claimed to be professional grade so hoping there isn't unnecessary wear on the system over the next few years.
Product is good, well build, easy to install in local network, recognized by Win & MAC immediately. Mobile apps are garbage, SP Navigator do not see Buffalo NAS device at all and just disrepair, totally useless, WebAccess one is working if you configure everything from PC app, from mobile one can't do nothing. iPhone installation is OK, but Android one, after lot of error messages, works, how I do not know. Paper instructions, in box, useless as well. PC app (nasnavi-300) I had to download from Buffalo site, since Laptops do not have CD device any more (CD supplied by product). Over all product do, what suppose to do, so I am satisfied, only my question is does anyone tested those mobile apps, before release ...
I am using this to share my files and photos between multiple computers in the same house and to back up games and document, I had no problems setting up two PC's just ran the software and all worked fine, my 3rd pc I had issues but it was not the product but windows 10 and me being a geek I reset windows and all work fine. I now have the PC's backing up as sync, I also played with FTP and that works fine and I like that I can access music and movies on my phone and have showed friends and family photos and streamed movies not hooked it up to the tv yet but defiantly worth the price.